Lincoln City midfielder Richard Butcher has left Sincil Bank to join League Two rivals Macclesfield Town on a month’s loan.

The 29 year-old will once again link up with Silkmen manager Keith Alexander for a third spell, having signed the Northampton born player twice for the Imps.

The former Notts County player was recently made available for transfer by Imps boss Chris Sutton, who also revealed that Butcher refused to terminate his contract six months into an 18 month deal.

Butcher, who started in Sutton’s first game in charge of the Imps, has seen his chances limited following the signings of Clark Keltie and Chris Herd in the City midfield.

Former manager Peter Jackson brought Butcher back to Sincil Bank in the summer, following a spell at Notts County. It was Butcher’s third spell at Sincil Bank following spells in 2002 and 2005, where he endured two Play-Off Final defeats at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Macclesfield Town boss Keith Alexander was delighted to land the central midfielder telling the club’s official website.

“I know his mas as player although it’s been a few years since we were at the same club together. He’s a very experienced midfielder with good attacking ability ad he will be a good addition to the squad here. I’m very happy to have been able to bring him in ahead of tonight’s game.”